I Think “IDIOT” Sums It Up…

 

I’ve been blogging how I use the BLESS keys every day in my little Jo world.

But today’s blog, is about what an immense disastrous mess, one can make of life as you know it when you DON’T follow the keys.

My oh my dear sweet reader, I have made such a mess, that I don’t know just were to begin.

And I contribute 100% of it to the fact that my stubborn, selfish self did not walk thru her keys.

Instead of throwing myself back into God’s arms, trusting His promises, His eyes and His heart,
my mind only screamed one ugly word “me, me, me….”

The “me-man” will only make you do one thing really, really fast. He (she) will make you,  not just step out of love, but fall fast and hard from love as can be.

“Love does not insist on its own rights or its won way. for it is not self-seeking; It in not touchy or fretful or resentful, it takes NO account of the evil done to it. (It pays no attention to a suffered wrong) ” ICor 13:5

I am, guilty as charged..

All these eyes  could see was the evil being done to yours truly.

From there my little me heart went on to blather thru my little me mouth, nasty little “me, me, you, you” words.

And just what do you think I got?

You see,  when you walk the BLESS keys as the BLESS keys are written, you get what the BLESS keys say you would get.

If you don’t do the keys, don’t get what the keys state.

I didn’t walk my keys, and I got a mess.

I hurt one of the sweetest people in my life and they walked out.
Possibly forever.

You sow to your flesh, you reap to your flesh.
Destruction. Period.
It may be immediate.
It may be slow and drawn out but it will be a death.
Now I am mourning  a death of a friendship all because of my flesh.

What an idiot, I can be!
I fell into the flesh,  I acted horribly and I destroyed a priceless friendship.
I sinned.

To know what to do and not do it…
I knew my BLESS steps.
I try to keep them constant in my mind, ingrained in my heart  (or at least so I thought)

But still I made a choice;
Chose  to fall to my stubborn ugly PRIDE!

So, Where From Here?

Where does the Queen of Condemnation go to keep herself from curling up into a ball and quitting life….

She drags herself off her butt and gets on her knees.

She goes back to Her Lord and Savior who is waiting with open arms.
She repents thru her tears,  for the damage she has done to the ones that He loves, and shakes her head as He faithfully takes her back.

Then she arms herself for battle.

Because my sweet  bloggie readers, we are in a spiritual battle.
And we cannot fight flesh with flesh.

If you have ever made such a mess out of something that you think there is no fixing.
Join with me…

God is the God of the IMPOSSIBLE!

He is the God of  RESTORATION!

He is the God that has taught us to move MOUNTAINS!

By faith in the name of Jesus, I speak to the mountains between relationships. Relationships in my life, and relationships in the lives of all those who’s eyes fall here. We tell these mountains to be removed once and forever.
Satan, you and your schemes have no more footholds in these relationships.

Holy Ghost we agree for a supernatural healing and an supernatural restoration.
A restoration that will bring glory and honour to your name.
A restoration that is built on the solid foundation of your word and your kingdom.

We thank you now for the impossible that you are going to do.
I thank you that you are turning the hearts of the father’s back to the son’s and the hearts of the son’s back to the fathers.
I thank you for marriages being restored.  I thank you for the wave of grace and mercy that is flowing from your throne to your children.

Thank you for healing the broken hearts,and restoring all the years that the locust have eaten.

I thank you that we are children that walk and talk and love like our Father.  And that the world will know you by your love thru us.

In Jesus mighty name,
AMEN, so-be-it….

Post your prayers here.
Posts your pains here.

Remember, God is not just able, but He is willing.

As for me, I am delving back into “May I BLESS You”.
I am saturating myself in His spirit and His word.
I am getting myself strengthened and trained for battle.
My words and my deeds will give life and not bring death.

Please keep us in your prayers.

And keep watch,
I absolutely expect to post a praise report soon!

love,
Jo

Do Bad Habits turn Daily Devotionals into No-Do-Votionals

Self- Discipline ,  Self- Control, or the absence thereof…

Are they turning  the time you spend in  daily devotions and time with God into a power struggle?

Does having to break bad habits, replacing them with good habits,  seem like an unending battle to you?

Well, for this gal… you bet.good habit, bad habit

I seem to have immaculate vision when it comes to seeing  my own shortcomings.

The  glare from my horrible habits are  brilliant  so I really shouldn’t have to put on my precision vision to find them. But I do, and I am  pristinely aware of them;  constantly looming over me.

They tease and taunt me.
Reminding me of all I’d be;  of everywhere I’d be, if I only didn’t have THEM.

Undisciplined, lazy, destructive frustrating bad habits!

It feels like I am, forever, on a seek-and-destroy mission.

There always seems to be one of the critters on the chopping block.
Just one more kur-chunk and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be a better me.

Developing a Christian devotional life; one that is quiet before God, spends time with God, visiting, praying, listening and learning is the oxygen to our spiritual walk.

Without it, we will  just shrivel up inside.
And to be honest  (just call me Frank) my self-discipline in the area of daily devotions,  really stinks. 

Where self-discipline stinks; Bad habits abound!

Daily devotions, not to say anything of morning devotions, are a challenge in self control.

I find I get busy.  Too busy for God? You ask ( shocked and appalled!)

Well, yes but no…  busy… but  disorganized is a more accurate word.

My day’s agenda can take the look of a three-ring circus.

And when time comes to do something it does not want to do, that lazy flesh of mine whines and complains something fierce.

Disorganized, overwhelmed, and spread pretty paper-thin… that seems to sum up my world.

( do hear some amen sista’s out there?)

But to not avoid it any longer,  lets get back to that dreaded “D” problem, shall we?
Discipline…

For those who have it down to a science, Ms. Frank here,  tips her hat.

I would love for you to share your secrets to a structured, organized DISCIPLINED devotional time at the end of this post so we can all learn and grow.

Because  I  would love to share with you what is helping move me there at lightening speed.

Daily schedules,  written lists, and time management skills aside, there are two things I have learned and two things that are growing powerfully in my heart~

NUMBER ONE~ No more Self-Condemnation

I was the Queen of  Condemnation as I have  mentioned before

If I couldn’t keep my bible reading/ daily devotional/ personal bible study consistent, I would condemn myself straight to hell.
No pass go, no collecting $100.

If I could not magically transform myself to defeat my bad habits and build good ones, then,  certainly I was a hopeless pagan and I would just sit and wait for the earth underneath me to open up and swallow me whole.

Self-Condemnation; horrible place to be, don’t you agree?
So I have learned to not camp there any longer.
Which takes me to…..

NUMBER TWO~ I work my KEYS!!!!

Yes sire!!!

I work my KEYS and the condemnation flees!!

When condemnation and guilt come knocking I don’t curl up like a ball anymore.

No, I get in fight mode now.
I begin to soak in the reality of God’s love for me.
I let that LOVE begin to build me up and strengthen me, instead of fussing to find my own strength.
I begin to  throw the truth of all God said about me back in the face my enemy.
The Hope, Peace and Confidence all flood in.

Confidence to know that I am a step closer to once-and-for-all breaking  my bad habit and the creation of some new stronger, GOOD habits.

With the BLESS keys I found 5 tools to actually break these old habits and 5 tools that develop new ones.
The keys gave me the direction to go, when I had no idea and was fumbling my way along.

Now, each day that I take a little step forward supernaturally grows into a stronger bolder step.

Aside from freeing me from condemnation and  equipping me to change my habits,  theBLESS You keys do one more thing.

They keep me plugged in with my Father God.
Even when I don’t have time for devotions to plug myself in.

As I said before, daily devotionals, prayer times, and personal bible studies are so very very important.
They are our spiritual oxygen.

I found that these keys, once they become…. (oh, do I dare say)…. HABIT, run like a silent program, in the background of your spirit, always keeping you in tune with God.

Not to replace your intimate time with God, but to always keep you in a place of intimacy.

Don’t let Bad Habits and Poor Self- Discipline rob you of your goals and dreams!

Not so long ago, I committed myself to re-read the May I BLESS You book, and blog everyday how it works for me, so you could see these keys in action. I’ve been using them as my daily devotions, working and concentrating on a new key a week.

Umm… but, if you’ve been watching the dates of these posts, you’ll see I’ve been MIA.  (blush)

Poor self-discipline, bad habits.

That’s it, bottom line. My only excuse.

But the victory in this post is this… you get to see the keys working in me, in a very real way, in my poor habits.   You’ll get to  watch  me use the keys to walk out of them.

Isn’t that a twist-a-roo???

Actually, if I may, I’d like to take a moment to encourage anyone who is walking through the book right now, and is  feeling tired and overwhelmed…

Press in, with me, set yourself a standard and discipline in this area.
Make it your good habit.

Sow yourself a seed.
It  is well worth it.

What you will see growing in me, as I continue to post, will grow in you too!
(So make sure you bookmark this blog or become a follower. You don’t want to miss a thing.)

I definitely have not arrived, but I now I have a map of  the road and the journey is just beginning.

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So, I got honest and real about my self-discipline struggles.
Here’s your turn….

Are you struggling with building better habits?  Do you condemn yourself every time you fail?

Do you have you flesh and habits under control?
Or do you still jump thru some old hoops that you would love to get rid of?

What about your devotions with God?

devotion time with GodAre they a wild adventure that you can’t wait to go on every morning?
Maybe you and God meet in the evenings?

Or have you learned some of your own secrets to walking every moment, in a sweet place of fellowship with Him.

I would love to hear how self- discipline and habit building (or lack of) has effected your walk with God.
Lets encourage and cheer each other on!

Resolutions and Condemnations

 

New Years resolutions, what do I say.. I am queen. 

The eve of a new decade finds me in the place I promised myself I would not be last year at this time.
I am one size larger and I am more in debt than I was last year.
The exact opposite of where I wanted to be.

I realize again what I have always known; that what I want to achieve I can not achieve on my own wits  or in my own strength.

Most times when I look at myself with my own eyes, I see a life riddled with more failure than short lived victories.

Self Condemnation arrives  quickly to me.
It knows the road very well and I usually leave the gate flung open wide.

I know if I leave it open too long, not only will it move right in, but it will take me out the other side with it, down into a path of depression and despair.

This was a bloody cycle in my life for a long time.

Condemnation and depression.
Discouragement and blackness.

But now I have powerful tools in my hands.

The keys in “May I BLESS You”

They are keys I can use in any situation in my life.
With anything or anyone I am dealing with.

Tonight I turn them loose on myself.

Key 1~ remember Jo, who are you really and what do you have laying dormant at your finger tips.

Key 2~ remember Jo, whose are you, and how immovable that truly makes you.

Key 3, Key 4~ remember Jo, this is how we release all that is life into the darkness that creeps around.

Key 5.~ Beautiful key 5, when it is very much worth every sweat and tear….

So will there be anymore New Years resolutions for me?

Just one this year.
An urgency has risen up in my heart heart  to work thru the May I BLESS You book.

So, just like many of you.
I am side by side with you.
I am working it, as it is written page by page, step, by step.

It is not something that is to be done once than forgotten.
These are priciples that can waken a slumbering spirit to higher and deeper dimensions.

Its time to pull myself together and get focused where I should be.
Holiday time can stretch you, and leave you empty and worn.

Things can distract me so easily.

But tonight, I let myself off my own hook.
Condemnation, you are not allowed anymore

I am feel the freedom and peace even as I write.

BLESS does that.
I am free of condemation.
I remember who God is and what He has promised me.
It is mine.
I engage with His love for me, I take the time, I learn the tools and I work the tools.

And I choose to invite you on my journey, every day as I share with you how I use BLESS in practical real ways, in my very real, perhaps boring, sometimes darken and vaulnerable world.

None of us want to stay the same as we are. Even in the little things.

We all dream of more, and being more.

Its time to go on… New Decade, new places….
Join me?

love,

Jo